The Department of Biomedical Engineering is seeking a Veterinary Research Technician at JHU School of Medicine to assist in experiments using small animal models. The successful candidate must have experience in basic laboratory techniques, including animal care, handling and surgery. The person must be capable of exercising independent judgment while taking care of animal related issues and other matters in the laboratory. He/she will provide training to other lab personnel.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Care of experimental animals. The technician is responsible for maintaining a breeding colony and works with administrative staffs and veterinarians to ensure the dietary requirements of the animals, including special dietary requirements not available through the University's routine animal care facilities. He/she maintains the weight and medical records of animals and serves as a liaison to veterinary staff in the Department of Comparative Medicine.
Daily experimental testing. The technician assists researchers with procedures for handling, injecting, and surgically preparing animals. He/she assists researchers in transporting animals, setting them up in the experimental apparatus, inspecting and maintaining the animals' health, and other tasks as necessary for behavioral or physiological experiments.
Surgical technique. The technician is responsible for assisting researchers with anesthesia and instruments during sterile surgeries required by the research. He/she monitors the animal's recovery from anesthesia and provides post-operative care.
Lab Inventory and Record Keeping: The technician monitors supplies, medicines and instruments for the staff of the Laboratory and places orders when needed. He/she must organize and maintain animal, experimental, and pharmaceutical records.
Training and Supervision: The technician will train new researchers in animal care, surgical technique, and behavioral procedures. He/she will supervise and coordinate care of the animals with the University animal care staff.
High School diploma or GED required. One year experience working with animals in clinical or research environment required.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Familiarity and experience with veterinary care or biomedical research involving small animals. Additional training will be provided through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). Technicians typically earn certification as a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician.
Familiarity and experience with sterile surgical technique, including anesthesia methods, good surgical practice, maintenance of sterility, preparation and care for instruments, and post-surgical monitoring and care for animals.
Familiarity with good practice in laboratory safety, animal welfare, and disease protection for both animals and staff. The successful candidate will complete the University's suite of courses in laboratory safety, biohazard, and animal welfare. He/she is expected to know and use good practice in storage of chemicals, care of animals, protection of animal and human subjects, and biohazard protection.
Experience with common computer programs such as Microsoft Office is desirable. Willingness to learn specialized software used in the laboratories is essential. Cooperative and positive attitude toward work; ability to work well with others in achieving a goal. Ability to work independently when necessary. The technician must possess judgment, motivation, and sense of responsibility for ongoing projects.
Physical Requirements: Good vision with or without correction is required, meaning near vision to see objects clearly within 20 inches, sharp focus to adjust vision when doing close work that changes in distance from eyes, full spectrum vision to identify and distinguish color. Finger dexterity is required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands, but without finger dexterity is also needed. Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less. Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 30 lbs. or less. An ability to move about for tasks like transporting animals is essential.
Working Conditions: Willingness to work on some weekends and holidays for animal care related tasks.
The work is subject to precise measures of quantity and quality. Biohazardous conditions attendant to work with small laboratory animals will be present in this work environment, which mandate attention to safety considerations.
AS/AA in veterinary technology or related field preferred. Bachelor's degree in animal behavior, psychology, neuroscience, biology or a related field preferred. Experience or advanced education is desirable.
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